AUSTIN – Jackson Walker LLP, the largest law firm in Austin, has added three lateral hires. The additions, Partners John R. Hays, Jr. and Gregg Owens, together with Senior Counsel Alicia French, will enhance the firm’s energy regulatory capabilities as well as its oil and gas litigation, counseling, and transactions practice. The group will bring decades of experience representing clients on matters before both state and federal agencies, courts, and in transactions.

“This is an exciting opportunity not only to join a top-notch firm, but to better serve our clients, which remains our number one priority,” Owens said about the move.

“Jackson Walker’s reputation in Austin is at the top. Coming from a boutique firm, this was an important consideration for us,” Hays added.

Mr. Hays focuses his practice on issues before courts and administrative agencies, together with related agreements, and previously served as an Examiner with the Railroad Commission of Texas. He also teaches Energy Law and Policy at the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Owens brings nearly four decades of experience in complex business and commercial litigation matters before state and federal courts, regulatory agencies, and in arbitration proceedings. Ms. French represents clients on matters in the energy and environmental industries, including oil and gas regulatory work and permitting matters before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Railroad Commission. Ms. French has extensive experience in these areas and is a top graduate of the University of Texas Law School and former member of the Texas Law Review.

“We are excited for these great additions to the Jackson Walker team,” said Austin managing partner Matt Dow. “As the energy landscape continues to evolve, their experience will be invaluable in helping our clients stay ahead of the curve.”

Prior to joining Jackson Walker, the trio practiced together at Hays & Owens L.L.P., an energy regulatory and litigation boutique in Austin.

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